12 Facts About Max Tegmark


Max Erik Tegmark was born on 5 May 1967 and is a Swedish-American physicist, cosmologist and machine learning researcher.


Max Tegmark is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the president of the Future of Life Institute.


Max Tegmark is a scientific director at the Foundational Questions Institute and a supporter of the effective altruism movement.


Tegmark was born in Sweden to Karin Tegmark and Jewish American-born professor of mathematics Harold S Shapiro.


Max Tegmark's research has focused on cosmology, combining theoretical work with new measurements to place constraints on cosmological models and their free parameters, often in collaboration with experimentalists.


Max Tegmark has over 200 publications, of which nine have been cited over 500 times.


Max Tegmark has developed data analysis tools based on information theory and applied them to cosmic microwave background experiments such as COBE, QMAP, and WMAP, and to galaxy redshift surveys such as the Las Campanas Redshift Survey, the 2dF Survey and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.


Max Tegmark has formulated the "Ultimate Ensemble theory of everything", whose only postulate is that "all structures that exist mathematically exist physically".


Max Tegmark was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2012 for, according to the citation, "his contributions to cosmology, including precision measurements from cosmic microwave background and galaxy clustering data, tests of inflation and gravitation theories, and the development of a new technology for low-frequency radio interferometry".


Max Tegmark has courageously tackled these existential questions in his research and, in a commendable way, succeeded in communicating the issues to a wider public.


Max Tegmark is known for his seminal paper on the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis, in which he claims that our physical world is an abstract mathematical structure with an infinite number of initial random conditions.


Max Tegmark married astrophysicist Angelica de Oliveira-Costa in 1997, and divorced in 2009.